The country’s famous comedian, Raju Srivastava, bid farewell to the world at the age of 58. He fought for his life for 42 days at the AIIMS Hospital in Delhi. On August 10, he suffered a heart attack while doing the gym, after which they put him on a ventilator. During this, his health continued to fluctuate. The whole country, including the family, hoped that he would recover soon. But this could not happen. Raju fought from the beginning of his career until his death. He can be called a fighting example. Otherwise, where would it be possible for a person who drove a car to become chairman of the film development council of a big state like Uttar Pradesh?
Raju Srivastava was one of the most beloved comedians in the country. From stage shows, reality shows to movies, he made people laugh a lot with his excellent acting. There was no vulgarity in his comedy. His choice of words was such that people keep laughing at his joke for a long time. Stand in front of politicians and imitate them. To lampoon it, it was just about Raju’s bus. There was such clarity in his words that even after making fun of himself, the leaders used to keep smiling. Raju had introduced a new form of comedy, in which humor was taken from the poets’ stage and given the form of storytelling. People liked his commentary from cricket to movies.
Famed comedian Raju Srivastava has passed away at the age of 58.
Raju Srivastava’s father, Ramesh Chandra Srivastava, was a government employee. He liked to write comic poems. He was known as Balai Kaka among poets. Raju was greatly influenced by his father. He loved to make people laugh. This is the reason why he used to copy his teacher at school. The director of his school had recognized his talent. He used to encourage them. In an interview, Raju said, “Some people at school used to make fun of my mimicry, but my headmaster used to really support me. I was called in to give commentary at local cricket matches. I don’t know much about cricket, but I knew the players personally. who played cricket. That’s why I used to make people laugh a lot by making personal comments about him. This was my style that attracted people.
Mimicry was Raju Srivastava’s USP. Along with studies, he used to imitate the voices of Devanand, Shashi Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha and Dharmendra. People really liked his mimicry. Raju once said, “I once proposed to a girl with the voice of Shashi Kapoor. Instead of paying attention to my message, she was mesmerized by my mime. She started asking me to imitate other actors. I even told her ‘I love you.’ amo’ with the voices of Shatrughan Sinha and Dharmendra. But then my talk couldn’t be done there.” In the year 1975, the movie Deewar was released. After seeing this, Raju went crazy for Amitabh Bachchan. He started copying his voice and style. The image of Amitabh was seen in his eyes. Doing body language and hairstyle like Bigby, he began to imitate her during the show, from here he obtained a new identity.
In the year 1980, Raju Srivastava left Kanpur. When he went to Mumbai, people asked him where he was going, then he told seriously, “I’m going to earn a name, I’ll come back only after earning a name.” After a few days in Mumbai, when the money ran out. outside, he started driving the car. He used to make the passengers in the car laugh with his skills. One day, one of his plays offered a stand-up comedy show after watching his comedy. For this, he got 50 rupees for the first time. This was the start of stand-up comedy for him. By the way, the credit for starting the stand-up comedy goes to Raju. Comedians like Kapil Sharma have remained popular today by adopting this method. Raju did comedy on the character of Gajodhar for the first time in The Great Indian Laughter Show which started in 2005. Raju made people laugh a lot through characters like Gajodhar, Sankatha, Birju.
Raju Srivastava had told about his most famous character, Gajodhar, “My maternal uncle’s house is in the village of Unnao in Bighapur. In childhood, when we went to the maternal uncle’s house, at that time a new one would come to cut the hair. His name was Gajodhar. I always had fun. He got a guitar tattoo on his chest. They used to say it sounds when it itches. It was so funny that his name crossed my tongue.” All the characters in Raju’s comedy used to be related to the people who crossed his life. His comedy Railways and Trains had a great influence. His comedy cassette, first made famous in the ’90s, was based on a train-related memoir. He used to mention it often.
There’s a lot of smut being done nowadays in the name of comedy. They try to make people laugh with double meaning dialogue and dirty jokes. If you don’t believe it, watch the famous TV comedy show The Kapil Sharma Show only. Here the glamour, the double meaning dialogue and the bawdy jokes are told in the name of comedy. No comedian here has the guts or understanding to do clean political satire. Once Kiku has gone to jail for pranking Sharda Ram Rahim. Apart from these, Raju’s comedy used to have humor instead of vulgarity. There used to be a linguistic balance. There used to be a tinge of comedy to the mimicry. Through them, he lives on in the hearts of millions of people.
Check out some of Raju Srivastava’s best comedy videos below…